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The Wines of Italy

With a wine history dating back more than 4,000 years, Italy is one of the most diverse winemaking countries in the world. The statistics are staggering: 4,000 years of winemaking history, 20 wine regions, 96 provinces, 1,000-plus grape varieties, 4,200 or more wine styles, and thousands of producers.   The geography and climate of Italy […]

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The Amalfi Coast

With a siren call that has lured travelers since ancient times, it’s no surprise that the Amalfi Coast tops the list of the most popular destinations in Italy. The 40-kilometer (25-mile) Amalfi Coast road weaves in and out of the rugged coastline, clinging to cliffs with sheer drops down to the sea to connect a […]

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In Search of the White Truffle

Truffles have been a source of exquisite joy for more than 2,000 years. For the novice or those familiar with their unique gastronomic splendor, the hunt for this extraordinary tuber, if successful, will be one of life’s great rewards. Selling for thousands of dollars a pound, white truffles are revered by chefs and foodies around […]

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Murano: The Island Full of Glass

A short vaporetto (water bus) ride away from Venice proper lies the grittier, industrial, bridge-linked islands that make up Murano, world-famous for its hand-blown glass. Murano became the glassmaking capital when the Venetian Republic, fearing fire and destruction of the city’s mostly wooden buildings, ordered glassmakers to move their foundries to Murano in 1291. Centuries […]

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The Rialto

The medieval Rialto market, which is more than 900 years old and is considered by many to be the best in the world, is located in the heart of the city, in the San Polo district near the Rialto Bridge at the narrowest point of the Grand Canal. No visit is complete without spending some […]

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The Magic of Venice

Venice is one of the most distinctive cities in the world with its picturesque canals, intimate side streets, and more than 400 bridges and 177 canals linking 118 islands together. In a city that was once a thriving Republic complete with an arsenal that could mass-produce galleys in an assembly-line process unique for its time, […]

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Shopping in Rome

There are few places in Rome that offer significant discounts, but whether you buy or just browse, stroll, window shop or people-watch, it’s a wonderful thing to do in the city, especially in some of the specialty markets and on bustling neighborhood streets. Most shops are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and 3:30 […]

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Butta la Pasta! …It’s time to eat

A conversation with Danilo Discacciati, owner of Acquadolce, a spectacular two Michelin-star restaurant on Lake Como. Perillo Traveler: Danilo, when did you open Acquadolce and how were you able to find such a prime location right on the lake? Danilo Discacciati: Living in the area and owning a couple of other restaurants in the town […]

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Dining- Best of Rome

Some of Rome's best restaurant. Al Moro Near the Trevi Fountain, this charming old-fashioned trattoria serves superb food. Try the local cold cuts and cheeses as an appetizer. Delicious grilled meats and vegetables. It was a favorite of Federico Fellini while filming La Dolce Vita. Eat inside or out. Reservations are suggested. Da Fortunato This […]

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Roman Rooftops

What better way to see the Eternal City than from a rooftop. Pull up a front row seat with a glass of prosecco, and enjoy Rome’s timeless cityscape from one of these spectacular viewing spaces. 0º-300º Cold and Grill Roof Garden The same chef who leads the Michelin-starred All’Oro Restaurant oversees the smaller menu at […]